Creamy Carrot and Sweet Potato Soup

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This Creamy Carrot and Sweet Potato Soup is a quick and healthy recipe that'll warm you up on chilly winter days!December is almost here, and you know what that means.  Yup, it’s time for the big man in the red suit to try and squeeze his way down your chimney.  With any luck, Santa didn’t eat too many cookies before he got to your house.  Otherwise he might get stuck in the chimney.  I’ve seen that happen, and it wasn’t pretty.  I mean, c’mon, the man gets a glass of milk and a plate of cookies at every stop he makes.  I don’t have a PhD in Math, but even I know that’s a lot of cookies.  Now that I think about it, maybe Santa would enjoy something a little healthier.  Like a bowl of Creamy Carrot and Sweet Potato Soup.  A bowl of hot soup will warm him up, and he might even be able to make it back up your chimney.  After all, opening the front door for Santa might wake up the kids…and that’s just unacceptable!

This Creamy Carrot and Sweet Potato Soup is a quick and healthy recipe that'll warm you up on chilly winter days!Several tins of cookies on the counter.  Chocolates in a bowl on the table.  Leftover turkey and mashed potatoes in the fridge.  Does this sound familiar?  (I didn’t even mention the cheesecake or the pumpkin pie.)  There is no shortage of awesomely delicious food in our house during the holidays.  But here’s the thing about that awesomely delicious food…it’s not all that healthy.  That’s where soup comes in.  We eat a lot of soup during the winter in the Spiced house.  Not only is it a quick and easy lunch, but it helps us balance out the traditional not-so-good-for-you holiday food.

Creamy Carrot and Sweet Potato Soup

I came across this recipe for Creamy Carrot and Sweet Potato Soup when I was reading an article on the Sam’s Club Healthy Living Made Simple Magazine (app available for free on iTunes for iPhone and iPad).  The article was about eating healthier during the holidays, and it pointed out that the average weight gain during the holidays is just 1 pound.  1 measly pound!  But the problem is that pound is usually not lost over the year…so it just adds up over time.  5 years…5 pounds.  10 years…10 pounds.  Not a good trend.

This Creamy Carrot and Sweet Potato Soup is a quick and healthy recipe that'll warm you up on chilly winter days!This article on Healthy Living Made Simple included several awesome sweet potato recipes…and the Creamy Carrot and Sweet Potato Soup recipe sounded like it was right up my alley.  I decided to give it a shot, but I did add some cooked wild rice to the finished soup.  Wild rice is loaded with fiber, so it makes you feel full longer.  My wife and I actually had a similar soup at our wedding…and the wild rice mixed into the soup was a fun and tasty addition.

This Creamy Carrot and Sweet Potato Soup is a quick and healthy recipe that'll warm you up on chilly winter days!This Creamy Carrot and Sweet Potato Soup was quick and easy to make, and it made for some really tasty lunches, too.  I grabbed a big bag of sweet potatoes at Sam’s Club for this soup, and there’s enough sweet potatoes left over to make another big batch of soup.  I’ll do that on Christmas Eve so that Santa can have a fresh bowl of soup when he stops at our house!  Ok, maybe I’ll let him have a cookie, too…but only if he runs a couple of laps around our house first.

This Creamy Carrot and Sweet Potato Soup is a quick and healthy recipe that'll warm you up on chilly winter days!

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This Creamy Carrot and Sweet Potato Soup is a quick and healthy recipe that'll warm you up on chilly winter days!

Creamy Carrot and Sweet Potato Soup

This Creamy Carrot and Sweet Potato Soup is a quick and healthy recipe that'll warm you up on chilly winter days!
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 282kcal

Ingredients

  • cups uncooked wild rice
  • 3 Tbsp butter divided
  • 1 cup sweet onions diced
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp nutmeg
  • cups sweet potatoes peeled and cubed
  • cups water
  • 3 cups fat-free less-sodium chicken broth
  • 3 cups carrots chopped
  • ¼ cup half-and-half
  • ½ tsp salt
  • pinch pepper
  • 2 Tbsp fresh thyme chopped
  • fat-free sour cream optional garnish

Instructions

  • Cook the wild rice according to the package instructions; set cooked rice aside.
  • Meanwhile, melt 1 Tbsp of butter in a large Dutch oven or stock pot over medium heat. Add the diced onions and cook for 5-6 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until onions are slightly tender. Add the cinnamon and nutmeg; cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly.
  • Move onion mixture to one side of the pan. Add remaining 2 Tbsp butter to open space. Increase heat to medium-high and cook for 1 minute, or until butter begins to brown. Add sweet potatoes, water, broth and carrots. Bring mixture to a boil; then reduce heat and simmer (covered) for 35 minutes, or until vegetables are tender.
  • Using an immersion blender, puree the soup until smooth. (Note: If you don’t have an immersion blender, then you can puree this soup in a blender. Just puree half the soup at a time, but make sure to remove the center piece of the blender lid to allow steam to escape. Place towel over lid opening to avoid splattering. Blend until smooth. Repeat with remaining half of the soup.)
  • Stir in the cooked wild rice, half-and-half, salt and pepper; garnish with fresh thyme and sour cream (optional).

Notes

Recipe adapted from Healthy Living Made Simple

Looking for more tasty, low-calorie soup recipes?  Check out these other favorites, too:

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22 Comments

    1. It is indeed creamy and flavorful…and it’s healthy, too! We’ve been eating this soup for lunch, and it’s been a perfect way to balance all of the heavier holiday foods. I hope you enjoy it, June!

  1. I’m a big fan of soups in general, but you’re right… gotta keep the pounds down, and I can’t think of a tastier way to do it than with your sweet potato soup! I love that healthy eating app, by the way. I need all of the healthy recipe inspiration I can get!

    1. Thanks, Becca! Healthy eating during the holidays is difficult with all of the delicious food in the fridge and cookies on the counter…but that’s where a simple, tasty soup comes in. Happy December! 🙂

    1. Thanks, Kevin! A bowl of soup on a chilly day is pretty much the best thing ever. But I need to hear more about these Falls…they sound awesome, and I bet they were beautiful! (Nevermind the fact that you were probably frozen when you got there…haha)

    1. Thanks, Tamara! This soup is so incredibly easy…and it’s a great way to use leftover sweet potatoes and carrots, too. (Although I’m guessing leftover sweet potatoes don’t happen in your house very much…haha!)

  2. I love wild rice in soups, it adds a bit of crunch and tons of taste.
    I’m loving the flavor combo you’ve got going on here David, Sweet potatoes + carrots + thyme = da bomb!
    #WolfpackEats

    1. Thanks, Mike! The wild rice in soup trick is easy…and it added a ton of flavor to this soup. I’m totally going to keep a stock of wild rice in the pantry just for soups this winter!

  3. So I see how it is – Santa gets soup AND a cookie and what do your biggest fans get (yeah I speak for all of us Spiced fans)??? Lemme guess – we get a greedy mailman!!! GAH! 🙂

    Seriously – I gotta agree with Mike (I promise am not stalking out your comments) but wild rice and sweet potatoes and thyme are a wonderful combo – specially when cinnamon and nutmeg are involved!

    1. Woah…now you are talking, Shashi! A sprinkle of cinnamon and nutmeg would have been a great way to finish off this soup. Too bad we ate it all…haha! But I’m totally keeping that trick in mind for the next batch. Speaking of the next batch, I’ll make sure to give some to the mailman. Hopefully it makes its’ way down to you…but, then again, my mailman troubles are well documented, so I wouldn’t hold your breath! 😉

  4. Hmmm when you put holiday weight gain that way….This soup looks delicious and healthy to boot! Would it be considered balance if I ate this soup and then munched my way through 10 cookies? No? Okay fine. Love the colors! I’ve never thought to combine carrots and sweet potatoes! Pinned!

    1. I never said no to that one…haha! Here’s the thing, if you’re going to much your way through 10 cookies either way, then I totally suggest starting off with a bowl of soup first. That way you at least get some veggies in there to balance out the cookies. 🙂

  5. I need to try this! I was just at Sam’s Club yesterday and grabbed a bag of Sweet Potatoes, and now this recipe is on my menu plan. #client

  6. I cook by weight, matter of habit. Approximately how would 4 3/4 c sweet potatoes and 3 c carrots translate to grams/ounces? Thanks

    1. Hey Donna! That’s a good question. I’d estimate that the sweet potatoes would be about 1000 grams while the carrots would be about 275 grams. This is a rough estimate, of course…but it should get you going in the right direction. I hope you enjoy this soup as much as we did!!

  7. I am going to make this soup for a couple of my friends who are not feeling well. I’m also going to make it for a surprise dish for a Christmas party. Thanks for the comments too!

    1. Hey Arlene! Glad you are going to make this soup…it’s pretty tasty! It’s a big soup, so make sure to use a big stock pot or dutch oven. We had frozen a container of it, and I just finished the last of it for lunch yesterday. The wild rice adds a ton of flavor! Oh, and like most soups, the flavor gets better on the second day after it rests overnight. I hope you enjoy this soup…it’s a great way to balance out all of the Christmas cookies this time of the year. 🙂

    1. Thank you so much for your comment, Merris! We had frozen half of this soup, and we just finished it off the other day. I’m definitely going to be making another batch for the post-holiday diet. The wild rice gives this soup a ton of flavor. I hope you enjoy it as much as we did! 🙂

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